We knew just how lucky we were when Bernice offered us her place at Otter Creek for the week. The windows looked out on a meadow and beyond that, the beautiful sea! We watched grey whales most days. An osprey spent all afternoon perched on a branch outside our window, busying itself with eating every morsel of a large fish it had caught. We loved being so near the water, the wide beaches, and so many new places to explore.
One morning we drove to nearby Newport, Oregon to run errands and stopped for brunch by the water. Through the meal we heard constant barking nearby. What was it?
Male sea lions gather on the docks in Newport for a few months in the late summer. The females are all far out in the Pacific Ocean. The sea lions barked and protected their space on the dock from others who might want to climb on.
A decidedly younger and sleeker male posed for photos. Most of the sea lions had gashes and scars from past injuries.
We walked on the dock in the marina. Informative placards about fish caught in the nearby waters lined the walkway. The fleet of fishing boats in the harbor told the tale that Newport still is an active center of fishing on the Oregon coast.
We spent some time browsing in town enjoying flowers, window shopping, and picking up snippets of history here and there.
When we returned to Otter Creek there was time for one last long outing before the week ended.
We walked up to the overlook by Cape Foulweather, and, from the cliff above, it was easier to see the ring of rocks created by a volcano long ago. In the distance, we could see far below Bernice’s place where we were staying; it’s in one of the buildings beyond the rock circle, up on the cliff overlooking the ocean.
The next morning we took a long last view of the beautiful sea before we piled into our old car and headed to our next destination.
We stopped for a late brunch at the Wild Wood Cafe in McMinnville. Loved the atmosphere, and the food was very good.
A week by the sea… How perfect was that?!